How a Non-Profit Childcare Center can Change the Direction of Early Childhood Education
For over 15 years, Mother Nurture Company has been operating a childcare center locally known as Frog Pond Early Learning Center. With its unique mission of nurturing pre-school children through nature-based and science-focused curriculum, Frog Pond has established itself as a school that is capable of bartering for tuition in order to provide any family with the Frog Pond Experience, regardless of economic hardship. Established as a non-profit, Mother Nurture Company enhances the opportunities for lower income families to feel a sense of pride and connection to their child's school. Families are involved with any aspect of operation aside from teaching and their contributions are thus endless.
A non-profit approach to childcare allows the phrase, "It takes a village" to fully integrate into the economic discussion of early childhood education. It is inspiring to see a community support a school and thus, a school support a community. It raises the question about other obstacles to early childhood education such as: What sensory needs are lost when a childcare scenario is primarily focused on academics? How is social and emotional intelligence ignored in light of profit-driven education? Do families feel comfortable asking questions and learning with their early childhood centers or are they treated like products/services rather than a family approach due to the prevalent for-profit structure?
Children and teachers engaged in feeding new baby goats
An example of how a community-based childcare center can reach out in times of need as well.